The Canadian dollar tumbled the most since June after a report showed the nation’s labor market unexpectedly contracted last month.
The currency fell as the number of employed people in Canada declined by 31,200 in July, the most since November, after posting an unexpected loss of 700 the month prior, according to data released by Statistics Canada. A Bloomberg survey of economists forecast 10,000 new hires for the month. Meanwhile, data out of the U.S. showed better-than-expected job creation, renewing expectations that the Fed may tighten monetary policy this year.
The loonie, as the Canadian dollar is nicknamed, fell 1.1 percent to $1.3169 against the greenback as of 8:53 a.m. in Toronto. The Canadian dollar is still the second-best performing currency behind the Japanese yen among its Group-of-10 peers this year.
In a separate report, Statistics Canada said the nation’s trade deficit hit records in the second quarter including a C$3.6 billion ($2.7 billion) gap in the month of June.
“The labor market took another hit and the trade deficit is probably one of the worst on record,” said Bipan Rai, senior foreign-exchange and macro strategist at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto. “Combined with the positive jobs surprise out of the U.S., this will weigh heavily on the Canadian dollar.”
Hedge funds and other large speculators were caught wrong-footed after raising their net bullish position on the Canadian dollar to 23,180 contracts as of July 26, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, near the highest since 2013.
Naira Black Market Exchange Rate Hits N745 Against U.S. Dollar
Naira black market – The Naira to Dollar exchange rate improved to N745 on Friday, 9th December 2022 at the nation’s black market, up from the N750 it exchanged on Thursday. This represents an improvement of 0.67%
At the official forex section, the Investors and Exporters forex window, the Naira depreciated slightly against the U.S. Dollar to N446 on Thursday from N445.83 recorded in the previous day.
Currency traders in that section of forex transacted $213.2 million on Thursday, the highest turnover in almost a month.
Accordingly, at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) interbank forex section, Dollar was sold to financial institutions at N445.47 since Wednesday while Pounds Sterling and Euro common currency were exchanged at 541.157 and N467.4317, respectively.
The Nigerian Naira remained under pressure against its global counterparts as market uncertainty ahead of the 2023 general election and a series of policy changes continue to dictate the local currency value.
Meanwhile, the CBN has announced yet another policy change on cash withdrawal. Investors King reports that Nigerians can no longer withdraw more than N20,000 per day and N100,000 per week.
Responding to questions from the press during his visit to President Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, Mr Emefiele said the policy would not be reversed despite outcry but would be reviewed from time to time.
“I am aware that they (federal lawmakers) have asked for some briefings and we will brief them. But I think it’s important for me to say that the cashless policy started in 2012,” he said when asked about the House’s decision.
“But on almost three to four occasions we had to step down the policy because we felt that there is a need for us to prepare ourselves and deepen our payment system infrastructure in Nigeria.
“Between 2012 and now 2022, almost 10 years, we believe that a lot of electronic channels have been put in place that will aid people in conducting banking and financial service transactions in Nigeria,” he said.
Akinwumi Adesina Extols Africans in Diaspora on Cross-Border Remittance
African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwumi Adeshina has extolled the tenacity and impacts of Africans in Diaspora on cross-border remittance.
According to the AfDB President, Africans in the diaspora are the continent’s largest financiers through their yearly remittances.
Speaking at an event organised by the Bank in collaboration with the African Union Commission, Adeshina noted that cross-border remittance into Africa is more than development assistance to the continent.
Investors King earlier reported that remittance into Nigeria and other countries in the sub-Sahara Africa region hits $53 billion in 2022.
The AfDB President said, “The value of remittances from the African diaspora doubled from $37 billion in 2010 to $87 billion in 2019, reaching $95.6 billion by 2021. Yet official development assistance to Africa in 2021 was $35 billion, or 36% of the remittances from the diaspora”.
Adeshina added that Egypt and Nigeria are among the top-ten remittance recipients globally, with $31.5 billion and $19.2 billion, respectively in 2021.
While speaking on the advantage of cross-border remittance to the African continent, the AfDB president noted that remittances have helped to meet financial, food, education, and health needs of many Africans, “it as well as serve as countercyclical sources of finance,” he said.
“The African diaspora has become the largest financier in Africa! And it is not debt, it is 100% gifts or grants, a new form of concessional financing that is the key for livelihood and security for millions of Africans” he added.
Similarly, Adeshina further positioned the need to eliminate premium charges on cross-border remittance into Africa. He noted that cross-border into Africa is twice what is it for South Asia.
He concluded that the Africans in diaspora can add more than remittance and investment, noting that they have skills, knowledge and know-how which can be needed for the development of the continent.
“They can help build world-class universities, and they can be mentors for the new generation of Africans,” he said.
E-Naira Transaction Volume Rises to N5 Billion in November Amid Intensified Campaign
More Nigerians embrace eNaira wallet as CBN takes adoption campaign across the nation
The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has disclosed that e-Naira transaction volume rose to a record N5 billion in the month of November following a series of campaigns initiated to encourage adoption.
Investors King had earlier reported how the e-Naira adoption team visited a number of parks in Abuja and the University of Lagos among other locations to drive the adoption of the digital currency.
Speaking at the Second Edition of the Africa Cashless Payment Conference, CBN’s Director of Information and Technology, Hajiya Rakiya Mohammed noted that transaction on the e-naira platform does not attract any charges.
She stated that Nigeria’s financial ecosystem is large to accommodate everyone.
Hajia Rakiya added that the e-Naira platform can be operated in any of Nigeria’s major local languages, stating that onboarding onto the e-Naira platform is a simple process.
She further stressed that the primary goal of the e-naira is to reduce the amount of cash in circulation, thereby downsizing the cost of producing paper currency, increase in revenue and direct disbursement to citizens.
Meanwhile, the e-Naira circulation has reached N401.82 million as more Nigerians embraced the digital currency.
It could be recalled that on October 25, 2021, CBN launched the e-Naira making Nigeria the first African country to have a digital currency.
During the unveiling of the e-Naira in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari stated that the digital naira would increase remittances, foster cross-border trade, improve financial inclusion and enable the government to make welfare payments more easily.
On his part, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele disclosed that the e-Naira offered Nigerians endless possibilities in using financial services.
While admonishing more Nigerians to embrace the digital naira, Hajia Rakiya noted that “both banked and unbanked can use it, and it can be done through USSD *997#. We have integrated it with telecoms and NIBBS instant payments plus integration with money transfer operations so you can use e-naira for cross border”.
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